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Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, The Deer Hunter is simultaneously an audacious directorial conceit and one of the greatest films ever made about friendship and the personal impact of war. Like Apocalypse Now, it's hardly a conventional battle film--the soldier's experience was handled with greater authenticity in Platoon--but its depiction of war on an intimate scale packs a devastatingly dramatic punch. Director Michael Cimino may be manipulating our emotions with masterful skill, but he does it in a way that stirs the soul and pinches our collective nerves with graphic, high-intensity scenes of men under life-threatening duress. Although Russian-roulette gambling games were not a common occurrence during the Vietnam war, they're used here as a metaphor for the futility of the war itself. To the viewer, they become unforgettably intense rites of passage for the best friends--Pennsylvania steelworkers played by Robert De Niro, John Savage, and Oscar winner Christopher Walken--who may survive or perish during their tour through a tropical landscape of hell. Back home, their loved ones must cope with the war's domestic impact, and in doing so they allow The Deer Hunter to achieve a rare combination of epic storytelling and intimate, heart-rending drama. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

VHS Features

<li type="square"> Closed-captioned
<li type="square"> Color
<li type="square"> HiFi Sound
<li type="square"> Original recording reissued
<li type="square"> NTSC
<li type="square"> Available Languages: English, French, Russian, Vietnamese


Robert De NiroMichael
John CazaleStan
John SavageSteven
Christopher WalkenNick
Meryl StreepLinda
George DzundzaJohn
Chuck AspergenAxel
Shirley StolerSteven's Mother
Rutanya AldaAngela
Pierre SeguiJulien
Mady KaplanAxel's Girl
Amy WrightBridesmaid
Mary Ann HaenelStan's Girl
Richard KussLinda's Fater
Joe GrifasiBandleader
Helen TomkoHelen
Paul D'AmatoSergeant
Dennis WatlingtonCab Driver
Charlene DarrowRed Head
Jane-Colette DiskoGirl Checker
Michael WolletStock Boy
Robert BeardWorld War Veteran
Joe DzizmbaWorld War Veteran
Stephen KopestonskyPriest (as Father Stephen Kopestonsky)
John F. Buchmelter IIIBar Patron
Frank DevoreBarman
Tom BeckerDoctor
Lynn KongkhamNurse
Nongnuj TimruangBar Girl
Po Pao PeeChinese Referee
Dale BurroughsEmbassy Guard
Parris HicksSergeant
Samui Muang-IntataChinese Bodyguard
Sapox ColisiumChinese Man
Vitoon WinwitoonNVA Officer
Somsak SengvilaiV.C. Referee
Charan NusvanonChinese Boss
Jiam GongtongsmootChinese Man at Door
Chai PeyawanSouth Vietnamese Prisoner
Mana HansaSouth Vietnamese Prisoner
SOmbot JumpanoiSouth Vietnamese Prisoner
Phip ManeeWoman in Village
Ding SantosV.C. Guard
Krieng ChaiyapukV.C. Guard
Ot PalapooV.C. Guard
Chok Chai MahasokeV.C. Guard
Hilary BrownHerself (Archive Footage) (Uncredited)
Joe CummingsUS Embassy Guard (Uncredited)
Lames KallAltar Boy (Uncredited)
Tom MaddenSteelworker (Uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Theme(s): Military, Historical, Asiatic
  • Director: Michael Cimino
  • Producer: Universal Pictures
  • Length: 182 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.20:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 8, 1978
    EuropeFeb 27, 1979
    JapanMar 24, 1979
    AustraliaFeb 22, 1979
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMar 6, 2012
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 2, 2002
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